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By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 13th, 2018

The University of Bridgeport has chosen Gary W. Plourde, an expert in patent law, to serve as director of technology transfer and venture creation. Plourde will lead efforts to boost innovation, entrepreneurship, tech transfer and commercialization at the university. He will also manage the $720,000 CTNext grant, which the school received in January to support tech transfer activities over three years.

Most recently, Plourde served as a patent agent at San Francisco-based Janus Angels. Prior to that, he worked in chemical patent litigation at Goodwin Procter in New York City and at Pfizer Inc.

Source: Westfair

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The Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) has brought on Patrick J. Murphy to serve as the inaugural Goodrich Endowed Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Murphy has more than 15 years of experience teaching entrepreneurship at De Paul University and in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, New Zealand and throughout Europe. He has published multiple research studies of technology ventures and social enterprises.

In his new role at UAB, Murphy will support education and research in innovation and entrepreneurship at the Collat School of Business. “Hiring Dr. Murphy reinforces UAB’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship,” says Collat dean Eric Jack. “The Goodrich endowed chair will bring credibility, cross-disciplinary collaboration and the horsepower to significantly enhance our academic and experiential programs to help innovate Birmingham.”

Murphy comments, “I am very excited to join the world-class team at UAB and lead the academic entrepreneurship program. Our team is going to build and launch high-impact initiatives, serve aspiring student entrepreneurs and work with faculty members across the university, and support Birmingham’s amazing entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Source: UAB News

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The University of California (UC)-Davis has selected landscape architect Robert Segar to serve as planning director of Aggie Square, the school’s new innovation campus. As planning director, Segar will manage the many people, programs and activities that will help the innovation hub grow. He is already known for planning many projects on the UC Davis campus including the Manetti Shrem Museum, the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, and the UC Davis Arboretum.

“Bob has played a central role in the growth and transformation of the UC Davis campus over the last 25 years, and I can’t think of anyone more qualified to live and breathe what Aggie Square should become,” says university chancellor Gary S. May. “He understands the complexities involved in such a major project, and he has demonstrated ability to work with a variety of communities to identify and achieve shared goals.”

Segar comments, “I have always viewed campus planning as an opportunity to connect people to their place and to each other, and I am thrilled the chancellor asked me to dive into this major initiative. I’m looking forward to working with community members, potential industry partners, faculty and students, all of whom have a vested interest in how we move forward.”

Source: UC Davis

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